Aeriel and Dave

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Aeriel and Dave

In our home we value creativity, honesty, curiosity & play, and think it's ok to fall down from time to time.

Hi! We're Aeriel and Dave—a joyful, loving, creative couple dividing our time between Brooklyn and the south shores of Long Island. David is a graphic designer. Aeriel oversees video and photography for magazines and advertising. Needless to say, we love the arts!
When we're not biking around Brooklyn visiting museums (and hunting down the absolute best donut in the city) we can usually be found at the beach swimming or surfing or fishing.
We have a close, loving relationship, with twelve years under our belts. We’ve built a life together as collaborators, cheerleaders, advisors on problems big and small, playmates and of course, deeply committed partners. Each of us brings sense of adventure, curiosity and wonder about the world around us to the relationship—things we hope to instill in a child. We hope that in our home your child will learn to value creativity, honesty, curiosity and play, and to understand that it’s ok to fall down from time to time. We want to provide a loving, supportive, encouraging home where your child can flourish.
We feel so blessed to have so much joy and love in our lives. We can’t wait to harness all the love around us and guide a child to achieve their hopes and dreams. We know that life isn’t always easy and the road isn’t always smooth, but being surrounded by people who love you unconditionally, support you and can hold your hand through the rough patches makes those bumpy times just a little better.
What kind of parents will we be? Hands on, first of all. We're always the first two people on the ground playing and reading with our nieces and nephews. We love experiencing life with them. We'll also make sure to guide and teach your child, with an emphasis on not just a great education, but the education that suits them! We love how experiences can be some of the best teachers. And of course, we'll be loving, stable guides in life, giving your child the tools they will need to flourish in their future!
We are deeply grateful that you're taking to time to read this and get to know us a little. We're also are looking forward to getting to know you. It takes courage to make even first steps towards an adoption plan for your child. We hope to have the opportunity to honor that courage through our parenting, and through an open adoption. After all, you will always be your child's first family. Our biggest aim is to lift you up and support you through this process.

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Who We Are

We met in Manhattan, working in the same building, on the same floor. David at a graphic design studio; Aeriel at a photo agency. Aeriel knew they were supposed to get married about half-way through the first date. Two years later, we did.

Ten years later, we divide our time between Brooklyn and the shores of Long Island. We also both still work in graphic design and photography! Having a toe in both place gives us ample opportunities to experience the world in all the ways we love. New York allows us to see art and shows and access to top notch education! The beach brings us back to nature. It's not unusual to see whales and dolphins in the water when we surf!

A typical weekend might include meeting friends at a city park, a trip to a museum, taking our boat out and collecting fresh mussles or fish and a surf day with our friends — all in the same weekend!

We're excited to share all of this with a child and believe that experiences can be the best teacher.

Adoption Diary

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Year of the Ox! Those born during this time are said to be diligent and hardworking. Did you know Obama and Malala were also born during the year of the Ox? Pretty great company. Look at all they achieved! :)

Lunar New Year is culturally important to us in our household. Every year we made a traditional Korean soup called teuk gukk which has a light broth, brisket, egg and Korean rice cakes. It’s meant to bring good luck for the whole rest of the year. This is one of the many ways that we celebrate and honor David’s Korean roots.

It’s also normally a time of gathering for us. We host a Lunar New Year dinner every year, during ‘not pandemic times.’ We have three other Koreans in our inner circle of friends and it’s so nice to have people to share this tradition with. We can’t wait to pass it on.

What Kind of Parents Will We Be?

I feel like this is the ultimate question right? And I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. While it’s hard to speculate (since, we’re not parents yet) this is what I can tell you based on what kind of aunt and uncle and friends we are. We will be hands on — we’re always the first people literally on the ground running and playing tag and coloring or playing board games with any kids around. We will also be great guides — I know this because we are the people our nieces and nephews and our friend’s kids come to for advice on college admissions and navigating middle school friend fights and for work on their ballet technique. We will also be stable — we love love love being married and consider it both the great joy of our lives and a foundation for our lives. We will encourage exploration and adventure — I know this because this is what we encourage in each other. We will be gentle, but consistent in our expectations and boundaries — I know this because this is how we both manage our teams. While we won’t be perfect, I feel absolutely confident that we will be great parents — and specifically great adoptive parents. Our hope is that we can create a loving supportive relationship between us and any first family.

Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Aeriel and Dave

646-470-1804 (toll-free)

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